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Anti-Abortion Signs Raise Questions of Electioneering in Holts Summit

Jacob Douglas
for KBIA

One polling location in Callaway County caused complaints from voters about potential electioneering for the 2018 Midterm Election.

In the gymnasium of St. Andrews Church in Holts Summit, Missouri, where voters marked their ballots, the walls displayed anti-abortion signage.

Missouri law prohibits electioneering inside or within 25 feet of a polling location. However, the law only applies if the sign is promoting a candidate or issue on the ballot.

There are no abortion rights issues currently on the ballot in Holts Summit.

“We have spoken to the Secretary of State’s office,” Callaway County Clerk Denise Hubbard said. “They’ve confirmed our belief that it is not electioneering, because it is not on the ballot.”

A representative from St. Andrews Church declined to comment on the signs.

This story started as a tip from ProPublica's Electionland project, which monitors voting problems around the country. If you had trouble voting, or if you saw something you want to tell us about, here’s how.